Blossoms Have Arrived

The end of August is one of my favourite times of year, particularly in the suburb I live in. While it’s still classified as Winter here in Melbourne, I start to see signs of early Spring.

The Golden Wattle tree is one of the first to burst into colour. You can see the bright splash of yellow from a great distance and know that the tree is alive and willing on the warmer weather.
Then there’s the Cherry Blossom trees. Beautiful splashes of white and pink flowers cover the whole tree. The amazing thing about the Cherry Blossom is that there is no greenery on the tree beforehand. The tree is stripped bare throughout winter and it’s spindly branches stick out in all directions. But as soon as the blossom begins each branch is transformed from a drab stick to a stunning presentation of gorgeous flowers.
It depicts the ultimate resurrection story – what was once a barren tree of sticks and wood is transformed into a bundle of floral beauty.
This new life gives me such great hope. There are times in our lives when we endure a winter season. There are times we feel barren and drab and stripped bare. But in time the cold breaks and new life emerges. We see hope and rejuvenation and a bright splash of success.It is at this time that our spirits are lifted.
What we must remember is that God is present for us at all times, through every season. When we feel bare and unproductive it is not that God is absent. He sits with us through the valleys and the mountain top experiences (Psalm 23:4).
Just because we are feeling stripped back does not mean God is not with us. If God was not present then the first burst of blossom would never arrive. The sign of the blossom flower in our lives shows God has been with us the whole time. Don’t give up hope. Keep looking for the blossom of new life that God wants to bring into your life today.
Lord, may we feel You in the darkness and the cold. May we never stop hoping that the blossoms will arrive. Amen.
What are some blossom moments in your life?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.